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U of M Will Be World Pioneer in Offering Certificate in Data Analysis and Programming Using SASŪ Software
For release: April 25, 2006
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Beginning this fall, the University of Memphis will offer an undergraduate certificate in data analysis and programming using SAS® Software. SAS is the world's leading statistical software package. The new certificate program will give students the skills necessary to be more competitive in the job market. The program is open to all undergraduate majors at the U of M.

This is the first undergraduate certificate program in SAS to be offered anywhere in the world. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended.

The certificate consists of three newly developed three-credit-hour courses and one statistics prerequisite. Any number of basic statistics courses at the U of M qualify for the prerequisite. The other three classes – introduction to data structures and cleaning, programming concepts and techniques, and data to information – provide the additional skills necessary to turn data into information. These are upper division courses that count toward the upper division course requirements. The courses are listed under the Economics Department (ECON) in the catalog, since that department is the administrative home for the certificate. However, these are not economics courses and a student does not need to be an economics major to take them.

Employers are increasingly searching for employees who know how to transform data into information. More than 25 companies in Memphis use SAS to handle their analysis needs. According to the SAS Institute, having the skills that can be acquired through this program can add thousands of dollars to a person's starting salary.

For students considering graduate school, many disciplines use SAS as the analytical tool of choice. Completing this certificate program can give students an advantage in the competition for graduate assistantships.

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Heath, chair and professor in the Department of Economics, at 901-678-5927 or jheath@memphis.edu, or Stephanie Thompson, associate director of Institutional Research at 901-678-5529 or srthmpsn@memphis.edu. Additional details on the program are available online at http://sasinfo.memphis.edu.

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